Why can the dead do such great things? : saints and worshippers from the martyrs to the Reformation

Robert Bartlett

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Main Author: Bartlett, Robert, 1950- (Author)
Format: Book
Language:English
Published: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
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Physical Description:xviii, 787 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour), map ; 25 cm
ISBN(s):9780691159133 : hardback
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Table of Contents:
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • Part I. Developments
  • Chapter 1. Origins (100-500)
  • The Martyrs
  • The Religious Revolution of the Fourth Century
  • Translations
  • Rituals of Commemoration and Invocation
  • Confessor Saints
  • The Birth of Hagiography
  • The First Miracle Books
  • Chapter 2. The Early Middle Ages (500-1000)
  • The View from the 590s
  • Gregory the Great
  • The Benedictine Centuries
  • New Christendoms: Eastern and Northern Europe
  • Chapter 3. The High and Later Middle Ages (1000-1500)
  • Papal Canonization
  • Mendicant Saints
  • Lay Female Saints
  • New Devotions
  • Chapter 4. The Protestant Reformation
  • Part II. Dynamics
  • Chapter 5. The Nature of Cult
  • Name, Body, Text
  • Patronage and Invocation: The Mutual Relationship
  • Chapter 6. Saints' Days
  • Liturgy
  • The Hierarchy of Feast-days
  • Saints' Days and Local Identity
  • Holy Days and Holidays
  • Chapter 7. Types of Saint
  • Counting Saints
  • Categorizing Saints
  • Saints as Patrons
  • Chapter 8. Relics and Shrines
  • Body Parts
  • Contact Relics
  • The Shrine in the Church
  • Running a Shrine
  • Reliquaries
  • Relic Collections
  • Relics in Movement
  • Relics in Law and War
  • Relics in Dispute
  • Chapter 9. Miracles
  • Meaning of Miracle
  • Patterns of Miracles
  • Healing Miracles
  • Miracles of Provision
  • Visions, Prophecy, and Rapture
  • Saints in War
  • Saints and Demons
  • Saints and Animals
  • Liberation
  • Punitive Miracles
  • Chapter 10. Pilgrimage
  • Origins and Definitions
  • Pilgrim Garb and Status
  • Motives
  • Shrines of Medieval Christendom
  • Logistics
  • Pilgrim Guides and Pilgrim Badges
  • Chapter 11. Dedications and Naming
  • Dedication of Churches and Altars
  • Place Names
  • Personal Names
  • Chapter 12. Images of the Saints
  • The Image in Early Christianity
  • Byzantine Iconoclasm
  • Images in the Medieval West
  • Chapter 13. The Literature of Sanctity
  • Types of Hagiography
  • Reasons for Writing
  • The Hagiographers
  • The Life
  • Legendaries
  • Miracle Books
  • Sermons
  • The Literature of Canonization Proceedings
  • Vernacular Hagiography
  • Chapter 14. Doubt and Dissent
  • Early Polemics
  • Western Heretics
  • Sceptics and Scoffers
  • Policing the Saints
  • Chapter 15. Reflections
  • Saints and Gods
  • Saints and Nature
  • Saints and the Dead
  • Tomb-shrines in Judaism and Islam
  • Saints and Ancestors
  • Comparisons and Conclusions
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography of Works Cited
  • Index.